Russia sets up university institute to study the yeti after spate of sightings
Last updated at 6:26 PM on 22nd March 2011
Yeti: Sightings are on the rise in Siberia.Russia is setting up a university research institute to study the Yeti after a spate of claimed recent sightings in Siberia. Scientists say they have found 15 witnesses in the past year who gave statements that they saw the Abominable Snowman in one remote area . 'We spoke to local residents', said Dr Igor Burtsev, who conducted an expedition last summer and will head the new institute at Kemerovo State University. 'They told us Yetis were stealing their animals.'The academic claims around 30 Yetis live in a remote region of Mount Shoria in in southern Siberia. He strongly denies accusations that the 'sightings' are a bizarre ruse to attract tourists to the far-flung region. Reports say the two-legged creatures are heavy-set, more around 7ft tall and resemble bears. 'Their bodies were covered in red and black fur, and they could climb trees,' said one account. One villager, Afanasy Kiskorov, even claimed to scientists that he rescued a Yeti on a hunting trip a year ago. The creature was screaming in fear after falling into a swollen mountain river, he said.His version suggested a 'strange creature, looking like a huge man which tried several times to get out of water and to stand up on both feet, but dropped into the water each time and was howling'.As his fellow-hunters 'froze' in amazement, Kiskorov held out a dry tree trunk. 'The creature clutched to it and crawled to the bank,' he said.
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